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20 mph Zones

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has issued on the enforcement of 20 mph zones. (97298)

Traffic Advisory Leaflet 9/99 and DETR Circular 05/00 provide local traffic authorities with guidance on when and where to introduce 20mph zones. Both documents recognise the key to an effective 20mph zone is that it is self-enforcing through regular traffic calming measures which reduce speeds to 20mph or less without the need for police enforcement.

This message was reinforced in the Department's new guidance on setting local speed limits, published in August this year, which further encourages implementation of 20mph zones.